I have three related announcements dealing with AfroSphere initiatives.

Announcement #1: BronzeTrinity has put out a call to recruit more members to AfroSphere. She has outlined seven ways all current members can spread the word:

  1. Put a “Want to Join” or “Click Here to Join” link to the Afrospear Forum or somewhere else so that people visiting your blog can sign up. You can put a link to your email address if you want.
  2. Google “black blog”, “African blog”, “African American blog”, “Afrosphere”, or “Afrospear” in the blog search at http://blogsearch.google.com/ . You will probably find many non Afrospear members this way.
  3. Visit blogs that are owned by members of the African Diaspora.
  4. Send emails to the owners of popular Black blogs and ask them to put up the recruitment notice.
  5. Visit the links on Black blogs to find other Black bloggers and invite them to join.
  6. Make an AFROSPEAR ALERT! announcement on your blog that the Afrospear is looking for new members.
  7. Post the alert on forums you belong to that have a large Black membership.

Announcement #2: I have created a Google Group for the AfroSphere to help keep track of what members we have and to facilitate sending messages to everyone in the AfroSphere via e-mail. I have added AfroSphere bloggers whose e-mails I have through correspondence. If you would like to join the group, all you have to do is send a message to me at sylviasrevenge[at]gmail[dot]com with a link to your blog and an e-mail address where you’d like to receive messages. That’s it! This group will help in generating quick feedback on initiatives and spreading the word about project collaboration. Once you’re a member, all you have to do to send a message to everyone in the AfroSphere is plug in the-afrosphere[at]googlegroups[dot]com. That’s it!

You can encourage others to join this group by placing this code into your sidebars to produce the following image. (Technical difficulties: can someone tell me how to place HTML in code form into this entry? Wah, Kevin; it’s not working. It has the tag info but when I plug it in, it doesn’t stick.)

Google Groups
The AfroSphere
Visit this group
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    <b>The AfroSphere</b>
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Google Groups
Subscribe to The AfroSphere
Visit this group

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Announcement #3: I have decided to create a carnival for the AfroSphere. Here is the description I developed for it:

This carnival is a means to spread awareness about the diversity of perspectives and thought in the AfroSphere, promote individual members of the AfroSphere collective, consolidate information about where different bloggers stand on issues important to the Diaspora, and provide onlookers with a way to read and to engage with the fruits of AfroSphere efforts. Some editions will have a theme; others may be bricolage. The overall goals are to promote discussion, to collect information, and to share ideas. So spread the word, and submit what you want the world to hear most!

I was thinking that the carnival could take place monthly, and different AfroSphere members can share in hosting it on their blogs, etc. If you are interested in hosting an edition of the carnival, please contact me with your e-mail address and the name of your blog, and I will place you in the rotation. This project can facilitate networking among us, as well as discussion and exploration of our fellow AfroSphere members’ blogging efforts. For the first carnival, submissions will be due July 1, 2007 at 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). The first edition will be posted here on July 3, 2007. There is no limit to the topics you can choose to submit to the carnival! In fact, this first edition should be as diverse as possible, engaging a wide range of different topics.

Send your carnival submissions here or e-mail them to me at sylviasrevenge[at]gmail[dot]com. Please, spread the word by linking to this post or placing the carnival widget on your blog!